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08 February 2010 @ 09:15 pm
Gotta get back on the game!  
So OMG.  I haven't been updating this eljay in ages because I believe my membership in our school paper demands my utmost attention. Three of my original stories will be published soon in our literary digest and I just can't wait! In the meantime, I've decided to stop slacking off in my writing duties, FFNet-wise. I think I'm making progress so far. Let me do a list:



~0 I've decided to re-post A Different Kind of Sweet since the revisions made it a whole new story anyway. I'm actually quite happy with the way it's been going and I like how my writing approach has evolved hopefully, I dunno. I'm currently revising Chapter Five now.

~0 I'm working on finishing the next chapters for my smut VK fic
There isn't a moment when because Kaname and Zero's elusive love affair must be continued no matter what! XD And the story is moving towards the good stuff anyway, and it'd be a shame if I start falling short as a FFwriter and abruptly let it drift off into Procrastination Island.

~0 I know I have dropped off from
[info]citrus_taste as [info]writer_craft but I wish it's still possible to renew my membership there using this eljay this time because I still plan on using their prompts for Sophomore. I've been getting into the LCDO fandom mindframe for a while, and I really hope I can devote some time catching up with it. Furthermore, I feel like deleting the other two LCDO fics because I don't think I see myself pursuing them anymore. Besides, I want to write something Ousaki-centered because Ousaki is bishie love <3 Well, I guess I should delete Code of Yunoki  and keep Detriments in a measure as a one-shot instead.

~0 I had so much plans for
Dirt in the snow. I'm still not that sure about the incest angle but I am very determined to make the most of Hiei and Yukina's sibling relationship. I get these ideas on how to proceed to the next chapter and I will do that after I'm done with the revisions and the smut. I also plan on getting back to my POT fic, Ornament of no intact personality.


*I really wanna keep writing fanfiction, especially now that I've found out I could use it as a means to improve on my writing style. And I have so many stories I want to develop and finish because I think it would be unfair to the readers who are looking forward to their completion. And I also have issues with Appetite for Enigma and it's safe to say I still don't know how to go about revising it.

On a unrelated sidenote that has something to do with new fandoms, I've been finishing Darker Than Black and so far it is awesome! I enjoyed the character backstories and the over-all pacing and flow of the episodes. I'm really captivated by the storyline although I noticed some loopholes here and there but the anime itself makes up for impressive storytelling, action scenes and its enigmatic lead, Hei. I have yet to finish Loveless, Code Geass, and D-Gray Man. My DVD of Vampire Knight Guilty has failed me by the ten to thirteen episodes which sucks ass so bad. Hopefully the DVD will work on my parents' player.

And I have a question to my F-list: Is being an anime/manga/ fan ever shamed you? Did you ever find yourself thinking that loving anime/manga is something of a guilty pleasure? What do your peers say about it, if said peers are not anime/manga fans themselves?
 
I ask this because I just really, really wanna know. I believe being an anime/manga fan is also a form of geek, right? Not like I ever cared about the label sinceI love a variety of things. It's just that I don't really wear being a fangirl for anime as some sort of badge. I immensely like a lot of TV series and movies and so many books, as well as anime and J-pop. So another question in mind is: Have you ever identified yourself strongly by these interests and hobbies before/ or still do?
 
 
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tezuka_zone_pottezuka_zone_pot on February 8th, 2010 01:38 pm (UTC)
Is being an anime/manga/ fan ever shamed you? Did you ever find yourself thinking that loving anime/manga is something of a guilty pleasure?

Most of the time I am quite proud of being part of the anime/manga fan community :D I sometimes feel guilty about it, though, because it makes me procrastinate on schoolwork ^^;

What do your peers say about it, if said peers are not anime/manga fans?

They think it's weird (the language, the big eyes, the storylines)...don't ask me why xD
Harleigh Maureen Cooper: frail tezukaharleycooper on February 8th, 2010 02:09 pm (UTC)
It's actually a good thing that there are many new anime that are very adult-oriented and thrilling. I myself am proud to belong to the community of its lovers because anime is a form of self-expression and art to me and I would be a hypocrite if I don't celebrate that <3
εмι™: ❝ born to make you happy ❞sadisticupid on February 8th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
Is being an anime/manga/ fan ever shamed you?

Sometimes, I'm embarrassed by other people's behavior, like at cons or something (molesting random people, stalking, screaming) because people associate anime with this ridiculous behavior. But personally, I'm not shamed.

I believe being an anime/manga fan is also a form of geek, right?

Unless you live and breathe anime/manga, than I don't think you're a geek.
Harleigh Maureen Cooper: misa playtimeharleycooper on February 9th, 2010 04:03 am (UTC)
Oh yeah, I do know some pretty hardcore anime fans who scare the living daylights out of me every time we attend the cons together. >.>

Hmmm, I also don't live and breathe anime/manga, but I do get crazy with my fandoms too.
my mind is always somewhere else: Quotes ☆ Not obsessingkitsune_no_ame on February 8th, 2010 08:15 pm (UTC)
I don't always get accepted by my peers, I'm mostly labeled as the geek girl or the one with the "funny" hobby. I don't think they really understand it/me, but we're past the age where you make fun others for their hobby, so at worst I get an awkward smile "oh you're into that stuff too", but I can handle that.
There's just no way I'd ever stop being a fan for someone else.

But I don't introduce myself as "the manganime fan" anymore. If ppl find out it's cool, but otherwise I let them know my other interests (books, movies, music, dance, etc) first, because the odds we have those in common are much higher.
Harleigh Maureen Cooper: matsukenharleycooper on February 9th, 2010 04:08 am (UTC)
Yup. I agree with you on that sentiment. I don't really point out that I'm into anime/manga unless they're artists and into doing comics themselves :P

But when I'm in a whimsical mood, I'd go, "Do you like anime? Why don't you like anime? You should watch anime this, anime that..." and it's quite harmless, I guess, because people I meet seem to respond well when I do that...I haven't really been insulted upon by someone who doesn't appreciate anime, although someone like that does look at me with a strange look on her face one time :P
my mind is always somewhere else: Spice&Wolf ☆ Horo&Lawrencekitsune_no_ame on February 9th, 2010 08:26 pm (UTC)
I do recommend things to people who seem open to comics/new things and that sometimes works quite well. Or I just put up a trap: I display an animanga wallpaper and see if I get a reaction from fellow students :p
Harleigh Maureen Cooper: misa playtimeharleycooper on February 10th, 2010 10:54 am (UTC)
Hahaha..you do that too? It actually works! I have displayed Darker than black wallpaper and two of my friends asked what it was and I started going on and on about the plot and characters, etc XD Now they wanna borrow the DVD! <3
até-san: - the Hill.atemu_mana on February 8th, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
Is being an anime/manga fan ever shamed you? Did you ever find yourself thinking that loving anime/manga is something of a guilty pleasure? What do your peers say about it, if said peers are not anime/manga fans themselves?

It doesn't shame me, I treat it as reading books in which I laugh from time to time. Honestly, if ppl don't like what I like, then don't bother. My siblings all enjoy anime/manga/game/drama and two are cosplayers, if I'm not enjoying one or two of them, than I'll be out of the game. xD.

Then again, my problem centers on the cosplays, and more towards my sister's devotion towards the cons. My parents often comments why she spent so much money doing costumes and for me, once in a while is okay, attending the cons and cosplay, but every cons available in the country and she always want to go just irks me. I care for my money, after all, and I rather spend on food and cheap books. :))

Among my peers, they didn't know what my hobbies are, although in my new school, the boys are always with their games and I was thinking, if they love their games, I love my manga. But in my old school, they don't really like (or know) anime/manga, srsly nerds I must say, always with the books. But I know that some of my other friends in other classes enjoy anime/manga, just like me.

And liking anime/manga actually connects you with more friends than ppl who study with you. Now I am close with my friend although we never be in the same class and I just get to know her properly in 2 years. It all thanks to: anime/manga. xD
Harleigh Maureen Cooper: the world is death note bitchesharleycooper on February 9th, 2010 04:11 am (UTC)
True! Same interests especially with things like anime/manga/games really do bring out good ties with people who you want to be friends with <3

Wow, your sister sounds so hardcore, almost borderline obsessive from what you just described. Personally, I also wouldn't waste money on cosplaying because that's one of the things about being an anime fan I never really gotten into. Although I have spent an awful amount of money trying to complete the manga volumes of The Wallflower and Saiyuki.

I like being an anime/manga fan, as much as I like being a Sherlock Holmes fan or a One Tree Hill/Gossip Girl fan. Labels are just tacky but they exist for a reason.
até-san: - the Daze.atemu_mana on February 9th, 2010 08:12 am (UTC)
She is obsessive, and headstrong. Whatever we told her, she would simply ignore it. Life.

About collecting manga, my parents said if we want to collect stuffs, must have space to store them. With that in mind, I'm always annoyed whenever I see the shelves full with manga and a few weeks ago, the said sis brought home quite a lot of volumes of Rurouni Kenshin for free from her friend. I was burning inside, but it's no use telling her this and that.

Manga in my country is so expensive that I don't have the heart to buy a complete collection. As much as I want to support the mangaka, it's manga versus my life needs.

I do read stuffs outside animanga world, although dramas, not really. I don't have the time to follow it by dl. I just enjoy what's on TV when I don't have to battle with my nieces. xD
Harleigh Maureen Cooper: LMNharleycooper on February 9th, 2010 08:21 am (UTC)
Manga is also very expensive here in the Philippines. The Wallflower alone costs P499 (that's $10, I think) per volume. I was able to buy the volumes while I was working for my mom as an English tutor (since I earn P150/hour x seven days). But now that I'm back in school and I have a debt to pay to my father, I guess I had to save money and buy only what I can (I buy and watch anime DVDS because our country has tons of pirated DVDs of all sorts :p)
★ horizon tall: [road signs] » universe closeddayari on February 9th, 2010 12:49 pm (UTC)
Hi Harley, it's great to see you around on this LJ again! And with such interesting questions! I'll do my best to answer :D

Is being an anime/manga/ fan ever shamed you? Did you ever find yourself thinking that loving anime/manga is something of a guilty pleasure? What do your peers say about it, if said peers are not anime/manga fans themselves?
To an extent, yes. At school I was the only one who liked anime/manga, and at the time it was quite an uncomfortable situation. I loved it so, so much, but I couldn't talk to anyone about it IRL, so I was a little lonely, I guess. I'm still the only one of my uni friends who likes these things, but it doesn't bother me at all anymore. To be honest, my interest in most anime/manga series has diminished somewhat over the past 2-3 years; I still buy new volumes of my favorites and enjoy reading them a lot, but I don't really make an effort to get into new anime/manga fandoms anymore. I'm content with the variety of series I know, I guess.
In my experience, most people who don't know manga/anime just think it's weird, because they assume it's the same as superhero comics or something. And when I try to explain that it's not, that it can have real emotional depth and moral lessons and whatnot, that it can be a form of literature, they don't understand. This used to upset me, but now it just makes me roll my eyes. It's their loss, right, if they won't ever get to read truly deep stories like Neon Genesis Evangelion because they think they're shallow and stupid. ^_^

Have you ever identified yourself strongly by these interests and hobbies before/ or still do?
I used not to understand the people who do, because it boggles me how you can be interested in solely one branch of art, like anime—for me, these interests have never excluded one another. I don't think I fit all the criteria for being a nerd/geek although I love playing online games, but it's not the sole purpose of my existence or anything like that. If anything, I'd say I'm a literature lover, a writer, and a musician. Those three are my 3 favorite hobbies, which I know will stay with me until I die. I might grow out of playing online games or even reading manga one day, but I can't imagine ever not reading, writing, and playing the piano. :D
Harleigh Maureen Cooper: the first kiss is a delightharleycooper on February 10th, 2010 11:03 am (UTC)
It's good to be back in this eljay too! I'm trying to continue writing fanfiction again. Wish me luck!~

In my experience, most people who don't know manga/anime just think it's weird, because they assume it's the same as superhero comics or something. And when I try to explain that it's not, that it can have real emotional depth and moral lessons and whatnot, that it can be a form of literature, they don't understand

Hmmm..here in the Philippines, anything foreign made is always good..blame it in our history of being colonized for centuries by the Spaniards, Americans and the Japanese. So, in a way, love for anime and manga is not considered weird. Our local channels have anime in the afternoon time slot, dubbed in Tagalog. I remember falling in love with Mojacko, Doraemon, Cardcaptor Sakura, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Tenchi Muyo TV, Fushigi Yuugi and Saiyuki..and my ultimate childhood anime (in the icon) Ghost Fighter or Yu Yu Hakusho. Manga is not really comics, like The Batman series. The style and artwork is much different, of course, and I'm lucky to meet people who are well-oriented about anime and manga.

three are my 3 favorite hobbies, which I know will stay with me until I die. I might grow out of playing online games or even reading manga one day, but I can't imagine ever not reading, writing, and playing the piano.

Agreed! I'm a writer foremost because literature is my kink and addiction. I'm an artist in a way, and that's why I like anime and manga. And music completes the trifecta indeed. I'm a geek for so many things, including American teen TV series (One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl, and The OC to name some), also HBO series, and as much as it consumes so much of my time just watching these shows, I don't really feel the need to identify myself with this hobby. It's a part of my eccentricities, but I don't think I breathe these hobbies to warrant my whole life---well, except the medium of writing.